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The 2015 Toronto Blue Jays schedule has arrived! Or… at least… in digital form, it has. Go flip through it yourself at BlueJays.com and see what the schedule-makers have in store for us next season, starting with a season-opening trip to the Bronx — complete with bullshit extra day off between Opening Day and game two, just so they’re sure they get a proper opener in regardless of the weather!

I mean, can we not just put the day off at the end of the series?

More highlights:

- The Jays start with a road trip to New York and Baltimore, and exclusively face AL East foes until the last day of April, save for a visit from their first National League team of the season: the Atlanta Braves.

- More interleague: visiting the Rogers Centre this year in addition to the Braves (April 17-19), will be the Marlins (June 8-10), Mets (June 17-18 as the road half of a four game home-and-home), the Phillies (July 28-29),

- And for those planning exotic road trips, the NL cities the Jays will be in are as follows: Washington D.C. (June 1-3), New York (June 15-16), Philadelphia (August 18-19), and Atlanta (September 15-17).

- Rejoice, Vancouver! The Jays actually get a weekend series in Seattle, visiting the Pacific Northwest from July 24th to the 26th. For those of you in the fly-over provinces, there’s a weekender in Minnesota May 29-31, as well!

- Holiday watch: The schedule makers noticed May 2-4 (aka Victoria Day), as the Jays will host a holiday Monday afternoon contest against the Angels — the better part of that weekend will see them in Houston, though. Canada Day, July 1st, is on a Wednesday, and the Jays do indeed have a home contest then, as well: they’ll face the Red Sox in a 1:07 PM ET start. The holiday Monday in August — Simcoe Day! — will also see an afternoon home game, with the Minnesota Twins in town. However, Labour Day, September 7th, will see them leaving town after a homestand and visiting the Red Sox.

- Former rivals: How does a weekend in Detroit sound? That’s where the Jays will be from July 3-5. They also get a weekend set with a former rival in Cleveland, May 1-3. The Tigers make their lone visit to the Rogers Centre August 28-30, while Cleveland visits immediately after, from August 31st to September 2nd.

- Late start? No. At this time there are no 4 PM Saturday or Sunday contests scheduled to be held at Rogers Centre. Booooooo!!!!!

- Late finish? Yes. The 2015 season will start late and end late — the Jays’ final seven games will be on the road, as they’ll close the regular season with four at Baltimore, then three in Tampa, with the final game of the season being Sunday, October 4th. OCTOBER BASEBALL!

All in all… it’s a schedule. So what do you think??!?

colbydog

“My hits are, like pow, suck on that, you know?”

- Colby Rasmus

Damn straight. Video of last night’s awesome, tenth inning blast after the jump.

But first, because there we haven’t quite hit the teams-ahead-of-us-beating-up-on-each-other portion of the schedule yet, let’s have a look at who we’re cheering for this weekend — i.e. who the opponents of the teams the Jays are chasing are:

Jays @ Red Sox (Obviously!)
White Sox @ Cleveland (Jays ahead of Cleveland, but go Sox regardless!)
Royals @ Yankees (Sew up that Central and get these Yankees out of our fucking faces, Royals!)
Giants @ Tigers (Tigers fading away like a post-industrial hellscape ghost town? Ironyyyyyyyy!*)
Mariners @ Rangers (Rangers gotta win sometime, right? Right???)
Astros @ Athletics (A’s trying to put the first Wild Card back in play? I can live with that!)
Orioles @ Rays (Pointless to pay attention here, but fuck the Orioles anyway.)

Cubs in for three early next week, which are not unwinnable games either. Holy shit!

And now, as promised, Colbeh:

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We may not yet know what the 2014 Blue Jays will look like– though, if we’re being honest, we probably kinda do– but we do know who they’ll be playing and when, as MLB has released the their official schedule for the 2014 season. You can check out the schedule page of BlueJays.com to view it in its full majesty, but here are some key highlights:

- As noted in the previous post, the Jays seem likely to get 2014 off to a rousing start, opening the season in the hellscape known as the Trop in Tampa. The regular season schedule begins on March 31st, meaning the Jays have just one off-day between their excursion north to Montreal and their return to Florida’s gulf coast.

- I scoff at the nightmare scenario of facing the Rays on the road right off the hop, but April doesn’t look too bad for the Jays, even though their next series kinda does: their home opener will be a surely-shithammered Friday night game, April 4th, against the Yankees. The Astros then come to town, followed by a road trip to Baltimore, Minnesota and Cleveland (likely to remind fans just how much we actually like having a stadium in which we can avoid shitty April weather).

- Because we have different holidays than our neighbours to the south, it’s always interesting to see where the Jays find themselves on various key dates on the Canadian calendar– and usually pretty damn frustrating, as it will be again this year…

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The MLB schedule is set to be released today at 1 PM ET, but already we have a couple details about it– most notably the ones you can see in the image above (via @TheKaufmanShow). For those of you who somehow can’t figure it out, the Jays will be playing exhibition games on March 28th and 29th in Montreal, as we heard all about yesterday.

And in a turn of events that I’m sure the players are going to love, according to Paul Driscoll of the Tampa Bay Times, it looks like the Jays will have to head right back to Dunedin afterwards, given where they’ll start the year:

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The 2013 Schedule Arrives

At 1 PM MLB officially released its schedule for 2013, which we’d been hearing leaks from over the course of the morning, and you’ll now find that on the schedule page of BlueJays.com you can navigate through the 2013 slate of games.

The Jays will open the 2013 season at home against the Clevelands, mercifully avoiding the non-domed stadium tradition of the incredibly deflating day off following the high of Opening Day.

They’ll actually play at home, in the afternoon, on the Victoria Day holiday– Monday, May 20th against Tampa– though they won’t be in town for the start of that long weekend. The same is true of Canada Day, when they’ll play the Tigers in a Monday afternoon tilt, July 1, despite not being at home for the Saturday or Sunday prior. They are out of town for the August long weekend and over labour day, however.

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Holy what?

Unbeknownst to me– until an afternoon tipping beverages with Bergkamp last weekend, and then again today when he emailed me and I re-remembered– those sneaky moms at Fox have scheduled their Saturday game of the week at 12:30 PM ET for two dates in April, both of which see the Jays play at home. So, because of the MLB’s blackout policy for non-nationally-televised games, the Jays have been forced to move away from their preferred– and thoroughly fucking insufferable– 1:07 PM start times. Meaning that on Saturday, April 14th, against the Orioles, and Saturday, April 28th, against the Mariners, the Jays will be playing home games starting at 4 PM!

It says so in the schedule!

This, of course, is beyond awesome– for both respectable grown-ups who live in the suburbs and will have that much longer to fight traffic on their way down to the lake shore, and for downtown fucks like me, who will be able to sleep in, shake off the hangover, barbecue up a giant pile of meat, walk down to the SkyDome while drinking wine from a Gatorade bottle, and then enjoy a ballgame that’ll end just in time to go out for dinner and start working on the next day’s hangover.

Did somebody say perfect Saturday?